Jeremiah, a prophet to the remaining Jews in Judah, had a ministry no one would desire or envy. He was abused, hated, scorned, and mistreated.Why? Speaking God’s Word to the people who didn’t like what he had to say! You can see from the opening of the passage above, Jeremiah wanted to throw in the towel. No longer will he continue speaking for God, no longer will he even mention His name, it’s too much for him to bear, he can’t take it anymore. But… he could not stay quiet.
Why could Jeremiah not stay quiet about God and His message despite the devastating blows he was taking physically and emotionally from continually speaking God’s Word? Passion. The dictionary defines the word “passion” as a strong and barely controllable emotion. When God’s Word truly grabs hold of your life, it becomes something that you can’t ignore or force to be quiet. It is a fire inside your bones, a fuel for the soul comparable to high octane gas for a race car.
While I have never faced the degree of difficulty of Jeremiah, I can relate with him in regards to the passion he had to share God and His Word. There is not a passion stronger in my members than to speak and share God’s truth with a conviction that rivals no other. I pray the same for you as you grow in your wisdom and knowledge of God.
Pastor Jason Witt